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Stella Luz A. Quimbo

Economics, Young Outstanding Scientist (2009)

Expertise: Health Economics (health care financing, quality of care, health status of children, provider payment systems), Education, Poverty, Access to health care, Tobacco Taxation

Dr. Stella Luz Quimbo is recognized for important of her significant research studies in the field of health economics in the Philippines. Her finding that a health-care system with physician accreditation and insurance payments significantly improves the quality of physicians has important policy implications for a government with limited resources intent on improving the quality of health care. This also reduces the inherent asymmetry of information in the market for quality health care by providing the public with a transparent and inexpensive method to assess physician quality and at the same time obtain better quality care.

Affiliation

Assistant Professor , School of Economics, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Program Manager , Quality Improvement Demonstration Study , UPECON Foundation

Association

    • Phlippine Economic Society, Member

Award

    • UP Diliman Centennial Professorial Chair, University of the Philippines, 2007 Jl-2008 Je
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University, University of the Philippines & UPECON Foundation, 2002
    • RP-Japan Friendship Program, Tokyo, Japan, Japan, 1994 F
    • Teaching Fellowship, University of the Philippines School of Economics, 1991-1993
    • Summer Program for ASEAN Students, Nikko Securities, Tokyo, Japan, 1991 Ap
    • Most Outstanding Social Science Student, PI Gamma Mu Honor Society, 1991 Mr
    • Most Outstanding Female Graduate, University of the Philippines Alumni Association, 1991 Mr
    • Outstanding Young Scientist, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), 2009

Research

    • The surprising fee structure of better quality:Quality measurement, value and effeciency [Ongoing]
    • Evidence of a causal link between health outcomes, insurance coverage and a policy to expand access: Experimental data from children in the Philippines [On-going]
    • The economics of tobacco and tobacco taxation (Philippines) [On-going]
    • Health, education, and the household: Explaining poverty [On-going]
    • PHILTips provider study [Completed]
    • Informalion Asymmetrv in Health Core Markets: An Analysis of Provider Switch Decisions among Tuberculosis Patients [Completed]
    • Correlation Study on basic social services in investing in people, The Philippine 20/20 initiative [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Workshop on the Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation, Sponsored by the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, Alexandria, Cgypt
    • Are Quality Bonuses Effective Evidence from Selected Philippine Public Hospitals , International Forum on Quality and Safety of Health Care, Paris, France
    • Improving Access to Care for Indigent Children: Increasing Enrollment in the Phil. Health Indigent Program, Forum 11, Beijing, China
    • Health Status of Filipino Children: Biologic and Subjective Measures Used in the Quality Improvemenf Demonsration Study (QIDS) , Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Los Angeles, USA
    • Are There Premiums for Physician Ability in TB Treatment? Evidence from the Philippines, Forum 9: Poverty, Equity, and Health Research of the Global Forum for Health Research in Mumbai, India
    • Information Asymmetry in Health Care Markets: An Analysis of Provider Switch Decisions among Tuberculosis Patients, 4th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association, San Francisco, USA
    • The Economics of Tobacco Taxation: The Philippine Case, Disserr;ination of Economics-related Tobacco control Research in the Philippines, Trader's Hotel
    • Quality of Care and Provider Payment , PhilHealth Scientific Symposium, Manila
    • Under-utilization of Social Insurance Among the poor: Evidence from the Philippines, 45th Annual Meeting of the Philippine Economic Society, Manila
    • Is There a Premium for Ability in Health Care Markets? Evidence from the Philippines, UP School of Economics Friday Seminar Series
    • Linking, Quality of Care with Provider Payment, UP Shool of Economics Friday Seminar Series

Education

    • School of Economics, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Ph.D. in Economics, 2000
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, M.A. in Economics, 1993
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, B.S. Business Economics (Summa Cum Laude), 1991

Publication

    • Solon, 0., Peabody, J.W., Woo, K., Qulmbo, S.A., Florentino, J., Shimkhada, R., () A cost-effective approach to improving access to care using policy navigators
    • Health Policy
    • Quimbo, S.A., Florentino, J., Shimkhada, R., Panelo, C., Solon, 0., Peabody, J.W. , (2008 O) The Under-Utilization of Social Insurance Among the Poor through Improved Awareness: Evidence from the Philippines
    • PLOS One Volume 3, No. 10
    • Quimbo, S.A., Peabody, J.W., Shimkhada, R., Woo, K., Solon, O., (2008) Should we have confidence if a physician is accredited? A Study of the Relative Impacts of Accreditation and Insurance Payments on Quality of Care in the Philippines
    • Social Science and Medicine Volume 67
    • Kraft, A., Capuno, J., Quimbo, S.A., Tan, C. , (2008) Information, Incentives and Practice Patterns: The Case of TB DOTS Services and Private Physicians in the Philippines
    • Singapore Economic Review Volume 53, No. 1
    • Shimkhada, R., Peabody, J.W., Quimbo, S.A., Solon, O., (2008) The Quality Improvement Demonstration Study: An example of evidence-based policy making in the Philippines
    • Health Research Policy and Systems Volume 6, No. 5
    • Solon, 0., Riddell, T.J., Quimbo, S.L.A, Butrick, E., Aylward, G.P., Bacote, M.L., Peabody, J.W., (2008) Associations Between Cognitive Function, Blood Lead Concentration and Nutrition Among Children in the Central Philippines
    • The Journal of Pediatrics Volume 152, No. 2
    • Riddell, T.J., Solon, O. Quimbo, S.L.A, Tan, C.M., Butrick, E., Peabody, J.W., (2007) Elevated blood levels among Children living in the Rural Philippines
    • Bulletin of the World Health Organization Volume 85, No. 9
    • Quimbo, S.A., (2007) Pricing, Technology Choice, and Information in Health Care Markets
    • Philippine Journal of Development Volume 33, No. 1-2
    • Quimbo, SA, (2006) Enhancing the private provision of care through premiums for ability: The case of tuberculosis care in the Philippines
    • Health Economics Volume 15
    • Peabody, J.W., Liu, A., Alisse, L., Sarol, J.A., Ren, Y.J., Munoz, J.A., Carillo, C., Wig, N., Qulmbo, S.L.A., (2005 D) Using Vignettes to compare the quality of care in five countries
    • World Bank, DCPP WorKing Paper Series #43
    • Quimbo, S.A., (2003 D) Which learning inputs really matter to school children? Estimating schooling outcomes as a function of "effective" inputs
    • Philippine Review of Economics Volume 110, No. 2
    • Solon, O., Panelo, C., Quimbo, S., (2003 Jl) Financing health care for poor Filipinos
    • World Bank Working Paper Series No. 2004-8
    • Solon, 0., Woo, K., Quimbo, S.A., Peabody, J.W., Florentino, J., Shimkhada, R., () A novel method for measuring health care system performance: Experience from QIDS in the Philippines
    • Health Policy and Planning
    • Butrick, E., Peabody, J.W., Solon, O., De Salvo K.B., Quimbo, S.L.A., () A comparison of biomarkers and a single-item subjective health status measure among chlldren in a developing country
    • Population Health Metrics
    • Peabody, J.W., Shimkhada, R., Quimbo, S., Florentino, J., Bacote, M.F., MuCulioch, C., Solon, O., () A randomized experiment introducing incentives to improve quality of care
    • Health Affairs
    • James, C., Peabody, JW, Solon, 0, Quimbo, S, Hanson, K., () An Unhealthy Public Private Tension: The Impact of Physician Pharmacy Ownership on Prescribing Practices and Patient Spending
    • Health Affairs
    • Kraft, A.D., Quimbo, S., Solon, 0., Shimkhada, R., Florentino, J., Peabody, J.W., () The health and cost impact of care delay and the experimental impact of insurance in reducing these delays in children
    • Journal of Pediatrics
    • Panelo, C., Shikhada, R., Solon, 0., Quimbo, S.A., Florentino, J., Peabody, J.W., (2003) Understanding predictors of postdischarge deaths: A prospective evaluation of children under 5 years discharged from Philippine district hospitals
    • Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
    • Quimbo, S.A., Peabody, J.W., Javier, X., Shimkhada, R., Solon, O., (2010) Pushing on a string: How policy might encourage private doctors to compete with the public sector on the basis of quality
    • Economics Letters (forthcoming)
    • Quimbo, S.L.A., Solon, O., (2011 My) Evidence of a Causal Link between Health Outcomes, Insurance Coverage, and a Policy to Expand Access: Experimental Data from Children in the Philippines
    • Health Economics Volume 20, No. 5
    • Quimbo, S.L.A., (2011 F) Pushing on a String: How Policy Might Encourage Private Doctors to Compete with the Public Sector on the Basis of Quality
    • Economics Letters Volume 110, No. 2
    • Quimbo, S.L.A., (2011 Ap) Financial Incentives and Measurement Improved Physicians Quality of Care in the Philippines
    • Health Affairs Volume 30, No. 4
    • Quimbo, S.A., Peabody, J.W., Shimkhada, R., Solon, O., (2010) Evidence of a causal link between health outcomes, insurance coverage and a policy to expand access: Experimental data from children in the Philippines
    • Health Economics (forthcoming)
    • Solon, O., Woo, K., Quimbo, S.A., Peabody, J.W., Florentino, J., Shimkhad, R., (2009) A novel method for measuring health care system performance: Experience from QIDS in the Philippines
    • Health Policy and Planning Volume 24, No. 3
    • Kraft, A.D., Quimbo, S.A., Solon, O., Shimkhada, R., Florentino, J., Peabody, J.W., (2009) The health and cost impact of care delay and the experimental impact of insurance in reducing these delays in children
    • Journal of Pediatrics Volume 155, No. 2
    • Solon, O., Peabody, J.W., Woo, K., Quimbo, S.A., Florentino, J., Shimkhada, R., (2009) A cost-effective approach to improving access to care using policy navigators
    • Health Policy Volume 92, No. 1

Trainings

    • PhilHealth Scientific Symposium, 2006 F 23, Manila
    • 4th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association,, San Francisco, USA
    • Forum 9: Poverty, Equity, and Health Research of the Global Forum for Health Research, 2005 S, Mumbai, India
    • Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, 2006 Mr, Los Angeles, USA
    • International Forum on Quality and Safety of Health Care, 2008 Ap 23, Paris, France
    • Workshop on the Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation, 2007 N, Sponsored by the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, Alexandria, Cgypt
    • Econometrics Seminar, 2008 D 8-11, Ronald Coase Institute and the School of Economics, and Finance, University of Hongkong